3 Ways to Beautifully Wrap Winter Holiday Presents

Present wrapped with brown kraft paper and faux greenery with a pinecone
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There is something so charming about giving and receiving a beautifully wrapped present for Christmas ... or any occasion for that matter! These three easy, inexpensive, and clever ideas will take your gift giving to a new level. The best part is that it takes only a little time and creativity to put them together. Trust us, your presents will stand out from the rest.

Things You'll Need

  • Water color paints

  • Paint brush

  • Ribbon or bow

  • Scissors

  • Clear tape

Gift Wrap Idea #1: Drawn Jar Embellishment

Natural Christmas wrap
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Wrap your gift in brown kraft paper.

Using a white marker, draw a jar or vase onto the wrapped box.

Make two small parallel slits at the top of drawing and then insert a piece of greenery, flower, or desired foliage.

Draw jar with marker
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Tie cotton, jute, or string around the box a couple of times, and then secure with a small bow at the front of the greenery in order to cover the slits.

Tie ribbon around box
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Gift Wrap Idea #2: Snowy Pine Cone Embellishment

Present wrapped with brown paper and a snowy pinecone
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First wrap your gift in brown kraft paper.

Using white acrylic paint, paint the top of the pine cone and allow to dry.

Painted pine cone.
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Attach the pine cone by wrapping some string around the box several times. Insert a couple pieces of greenery under the string if desired.

Attaching pinecone
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Using a white marker, place several small dots on the paper in an organic manner so it resembles snow.

Painting white dots on paper.
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Gift Wrap Idea #3: Hand-Painted Christmas Trees Embellishment

For this idea, you'll first paint onto a flat piece of kraft paper, and then you'll wrap your present after everything is dry.

Wrapped gift with blue ribbon.
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On a piece of white kraft paper, paint a simple vertical line, approximately two inches long.

Painted vertical line
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Paint several horizontal lines starting at the top of the vertical line, gradually making them bigger towards the bottom.

Paint horizontal lines
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Paint the trees in staggered groups of three

Painted trees
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Hand-painted wrapping paper
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Continue to paint the trees until you've covered the entire paper.

Hand-painted wrapping paper
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Wrap the gift, and then add a ribbon and a piece of greenery for more interest.

Wrapped gift with blue ribbon.
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Beautifully wrapped present in white kraft paper with watercolor Christmas trees
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Lucy Akins

Lucy Akins

Lucy Akins is an artist, photographer, blogger, and speaker living in Toronto, Ontario. Her work has been published in several magazines, including: Cottages and Bungalows, American Farmlife Style, National Geographic Kids, Better Homes and Gardens, and more. Lucy enjoys sharing her passion for watercolor, decorating and creating as she believes there is an artist in all of us. When not creating, Lucy can be found enjoying time with her husband, their three children and their energetic Aussie pup, Brody.